NSW Government Agrees to Formally Consider Jerilderie Shire Council's Merger Proposal

Monday 29 February 2016

Jerilderie Shire Council has welcomed news from the NSW Government that it will now formally consider the Council’s alternative merger proposal that asks for the Shire to be merged wholly with Murrumbidgee Shire Council.

Under its Fit For The Future reform program, the NSW Government has proposed to merge the south of Jerilderie Shire with Berrigan Shire and the north with Murrumbidgee Shire, dividing the community along Yanko Creek. In a letter from the NSW Government Delegate, received by Council on Friday February 19, the Government indicated it will now concurrently consider the alternative merger proposal submitted by Jerilderie.

“We are delighted that our proposal to merge with Murrumbidgee Shire will be formally processed along with the Government’s split / merger proposal, as we wholeheartedly believe our concept offers a stronger, more viable and lasting future for the involved communities of Jerilderie, Darlington Point and Coleambally,” Mayor McRae said.

“We believe merging wholly with Murrumbidgee Shire shows increased scale and capacity, an absence of staff disruption, increased savings, and support for each of the three communities that will make up the new merged Council.”

Jerilderie’s General Manager Craig Moffitt said among the many benefits outlined, the ‘whole’ merger concept supports Jerilderie’s successful engineering enterprise, which will enhance activities in the proposed merged Council, particularly the prospects of expanding contracting work for the State Government on main roads. “This will not only strengthen the Jerilderie township, it will provide expansion in Darlington Point and Coleambally as the activity grows.  

Members of the community are encouraged to attend the Government's Public Inquiry meetings regarding Jerilderie Shire Council’s alternative proposal as well as make written submissions, which will be received up until 5pm on Friday April 8, 2016.

The  public  hearings  will   held  in  the  Jerilderie  Civic  Hall  on  Wednesday March  16, 7-10pm,   and at the Darlington Point Club on Thursday March 17, 7-10pm.  Residents are required to register to attend both Public Inquiry meetings on the following link:

https://www.councilboundaryreview.nsw.gov.au/proposals/jerilderie-shire-and-murrumbidgee-shire-councils-no-split/ 

Registrations to attend  and/or speak at a Public Inquiry will close at 9.00am on the day prior to the Public Inquiry, or earlier if the venue reaches its capacity.

For questions or media inquiries, please contact Craig Moffitt at Jerilderie Shire Council on (03) 5886 1200.